The teams were the top two sides after the round-robin phase of the finals, contested by the five regional winners in this inaugural Eastern Cape tournament.
The final was played over 30 minutes, 15 minutes in each half, and the teams produced some entertaining hockey in the fight for supremacy.
Despite each side setting up scoring chances, they were unable to break the deadlock and a 0-0 score at full-time resulted in a shoot-out to decide the champions.
Collegiate, who started first in the three-player shoot-out, netted all three times while Hudson Park missed their second shot, giving the PE girls an unassailable 3-1 lead.
The inaugural tournament involved about 50 schools spread across five regions and the good news for the players is that SPAR have extended their sponsorship to next year.
“I can say to all of you that this has not been a one-hit wonder,” SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt said at the prize-giving ceremony. “We will be back next year doing it all over again.”
She said they were pleased to see smaller schools competing against more established hockey sides, giving them exposure they “ordinarily would not have received”.
“At SPAR we have the three cornerstones of family, entrepreneurship and passion. We have ticked all those boxes and there has been a lovely synergy between SPAR and the schools.”
The concept, which started in KwaZulu-Natal, was initiated by former SA women’s team manager Les Galloway and she said the inaugural Eastern Cape tournament had been “an overwhelming success”.
“It has worked from a player’s point of view where they enjoyed interaction with teams they don’t normally play.”
She was confident the tournament would grow in the future.
“This was the first year and nobody really knew what it was about. Now that they’ve heard about it, I know more teams will want to be involved.”
She paid tribute to SPAR for their commitment to the initiative.
“This would not happen without them – they come in with the family feel and the aim of supporting women in sport. To work with them is an absolute pleasure.”
The results were: Hudson beat DSG 1-0, Collegiate beat York 3-0, DSG beat Kingsridge 3-1, Collegiate drew with Hudson 1-1, Kingsridge beat York 1-0, Collegiate beat DSG 1-0, Hudson beat York 4-1, Collegiate beat Kingsridge 2-0, DSG beat York 4-0, Kingsridge beat Hudson 2-0. Final: Collegiate drew with Hudson 0-0, Collegiate won 3-1 in shoot-out.